The Sony Center at Potsdamer Platz once again becomes a digital gallery
Since its opening 20 years ago, art and the Sony Center have gone hand in hand. For more than 16 years, artists have regularly displayed their work on the screen in the Forum of the Sony Center. In 2021 visitors can expect video installations from world-renowned artists Mario Klingemann, Giulia Bowinkel, Friedemann Banz and Eduardo Kac.
As was the case in previous years, Wolf Lieser supported the Sony Center in selecting artworks. He is the founder of DAM Projects and a recognised expert in digital art.
When selecting the video installations, Wolf Lieser was primarily interested in presenting contrasting techniques and artistic positions. Through this, viewers of the works gain an insight into the scope and diversity of digital art.
The renewed cooperation with DAM Projects expands the Kultur Forum and brings digital art to the current art offerings. As part of the cultural district at Potsdamer Platz and the Berlin art and culture scene, the Sony Center wants to stand in support of art; particularly in light of the current situation.
This year's selection will be on show until August and will run daily at 14:05, 15:05, 16:05, 17:05, 18:05 and 19:05 on the LED screen in the open-access Forum of the Sony Center. The exhibition is free of charge and is fully compliant with social distancing regulations.
The 2014 work DAEMON-PHYSIX by Berlin-based artist duo Giulia Bowinkel and Friedemann Banz presents scenarios of the juxtaposition of nature, texture, body and space, mass, form and substance. Banz and Bowinkel were originally painters. Using computers and 3D programs, they simulate forms and figures that repeatedly emerge and dissolve. The aim of their work is to bring together virtual and real spaces.
The two artists, originally from Mainz and Düsseldorf, appreciate Berlin's rich international scene and the exchange between artists which this provokes.
The second piece of art on display is COPY-POSED (2018) by Mario Klingemann. Klingemann is considered a pioneer in the use of machine learning in art and employs neural networks, code, and algorithms for his works. For COPY-POSED, a deep-learning model was used to extract still images from tens of thousands of human poses and combine them into a new choreography.
In the past, he has exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Pompidou Centre (Paris), and the British Library in London, among others. Klingemann lives and works in Munich.
(Mario Klingemann, COPY-POSED)
Also among the artists this year is Chicago-based Eduardo Kac. His work Inner Telescope (2017) takes the viewer out of the Sony Center and into the interior of the International Space Station ISS. French astronaut Thomas Pesquet worked on the artwork in space, under the guidance of Eduardo Kac. The paper sculpture was made from materials already in the space station and is named MOI. With Inner Telescope, Eduardo Kac was able to fulfill a long-held dream and created a work directly in space.
(Eduardo Kac, Inner Telescope)